AS REFURBISHMENT of West Sussex’s streetlights continue, the county council claims it will ‘bring a range of benefits to residents’.
The changeover has been ongoing for several months, with the aim to reduce carbon emissions by up to 25 per cent and cut energy bills.
Pieter Montyn, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Many residents up and down the county will have noticed road closures as SSE continues its work to replace our ageing street lights.
“The reason we are spreading the work out across the county instead of concentrating on one particular area is to try and minimise the amount of road closures and the disruption this can cause.
“This much-needed upgrade to our street lights will bring many benefits to residents, not only in terms of road safety and making our roads feel safer, but also in reducing light pollution and lowering our energy costs.”
It is part of a wider £270m, 25-year contract for street light maintenance in West Sussex of which the government is contributing £150m.
West Sussex County Council said it was working in partnership with energy firm SSE to replace all streetlights over 15-years-old with brighter, energy-saving lights.
The aim is to reduce carbon emissions by up to 25 per cent and cut energy bills.
More than 55,000 street lights, as well as illuminated signs and bollards, are being replaced or upgraded as part of the five-year plan which is due to be completed by 2015.
To date, more than 40,000 columns have been replaced, with the remainder scheduled for completion by March next year.